One In Every Four Elderly Parents Experience Abuse From Their Family, Where Are We As A Society Heading To?

The Logical Indian Crew India

June 29th, 2018 / 6:01 PM

Elderly Parents

Representational Image: Madhyamam

Last month, a large number of people expressed their outrage over a video of a woman beating her mother-in-law in Kolkata for plucking flowers without permission. The mother-in-law is an amnesia patient. This extremely disturbing incident was caught on camera by a neighbour and was subsequently posted on social media.

Abuse against elderly parents is not as much of a rare occurrence as perceived to be. There might be cases of abuse happening right in our neighbourhood and we might not be aware of it. It takes a video like this to draw our attention to this absolutely shameful trend wherein we are denying basic dignity to our elderly parents who are dependent on us.

A survey conducted by HelpAge India revealed that out of the 5014 elders approached, across 23 cities, 25% said that they have experienced abuse. The most common form of abuse was reported to be disrespect, followed by verbal abuse and neglect. Son and daughter-in-law turned out to be the primary abusers.

Of the surveyed cities, Mangaluru topped the list of cases of elderly abuse. Other cities like Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Amritsar, Delhi and Kanpur too reported a high incidence of elderly abuse.

One look at the survey report is enough to understand this grave issue. Some of the respondents have given testimonies.


Elderly Parents

 


What does the law say?

Under Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, it was made mandatory for the children or heirs to provide maintenance to senior citizens and parents through monthly allowance.

Maintenance under this act includes provision for food, clothing, residence and medical treatment. The maximum amount which may be ordered for maintenance as fixed by the Tribunal should not exceed Rs 10,000 per month.

There is also a three months jail term for those who abuse elderly parents. Given the number of cases that go unreported compelled the government to consider increasing the jail term period to six months.

The Logical Indian take

The underlying problem is the generalisation of the elders and their problems. They are neither a homogenous group, nor they face the same issues. Experts at AIIMS Bhubaneswar said that declining moral values is one of the primary reasons. Rapid urbanisation and industrialization have changed the cultural and social norms and elderly parents face a decline in their authority over family matters to such an extent that their mere existence is at times considered superfluous. The Indian government has maintained that the responsibility of taking care of elders lies with their families.

Even government interventions like Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 fail to deter the abuse as a fear of social ridicule prevents most elderly parents from filing cases against their own flesh and blood. There are other provisions like reverse mortgage which aim to provide some cash flow for people above the age of 60 years.

However, the cruelty and apathy towards our own parents is something that can only be addressed by us, individually.


Also Read: Delhi High Court: Abusive Daughters And Sons Can Be Evicted By Parents


Contributors

Written by : Shraddha Goled

Edited by :

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

115 Villagers Flight

Flying High: These Businessmen Gifted 115 Tamil Nadu Village Seniors Their First Flight Experience

Sikkim Govt Launches ‘One Family One Job’ Scheme, Hands Out 12,000 Jobs To The Unemployed

All About Antibiotic Resistance: Is India Heading To The Point Where No Drugs Will Work?

What If Every Thought, Every Action Of Yours Were To Receive Marks?

Elderly Parents Gifted Property

Bombay HC: Elderly Parents If Ill-Treated Can Take Back Gifted Property From Son

Elderly Parents

One In Every Four Elderly Parents Experience Abuse From Their Family, Where Are We As A Society Heading To?

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

“He Is A Brother Of Mine”: Disabled Man Forgives Christchurch Gunman Who Killed His Wife

News

Anil Ambani’s RCom Finally Pays Rs 459 Crore To Ericsson

Get Inspired

Till Date, This Security Guard Has Sent 4,500 Letters To Families Of Martyred Soldiers

Environment

40 Kg Of Plastic Found In Stomach Of Dead Whale In The Philippines

Awareness

Increase In MSP – How Well Does It Address Farmers’ Distress?

Get Inspired

Tribal Agricultural Activist & “Preserver Of Paddy Seeds” From Odisha Awarded Padma Shri

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.